Plenty of ink has been spilled as of late talking about the potential virtues of Twitter and polling. Last week Twitter CEO Dick Costolo announced that new interactive features in the pipeline for the micro-blogging platform will include some sort of polling. Salon mentioned possible correlations between tweets and polls during the RNC and DNC. We blogged on the Twitter Political Index, which Adam Sharp who manages government and news at Twitter, said is not supposed to replace traditional polling but rather build on it.
I fully anticipate the mainstream media playing up the role of the new media as much as possible this Election season. There is nothing easier to fill in the gaps in a 27-hour-a-day news cycle than reading random tweets from unknown Tweeters (see @ladybigmac, @shuulace, @mrswisscheese, @piratedave, @dogfart).
But the folks over at @civicscience were kind enough to share some information about their Twitter-related polling (for people who think Twitter is an unbiased source of data, this might be shocking):